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The rich and ancient history of the Nikkel family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the personal name Nicholas. The Latin form of this name was Nicolaus, and it was derived from the Greek name Nikolaos, which is derived from the words nikan, which means to conquer, and laos, which means people. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
However, the name is best remembered by an American corruption of his name: Santa Claus. The surname Nikkel uses the patronymic suffix -son.

Nikkel Early Origins



The surname Nikkel was first found in Cumberland and Northumberland where "most families of this name trace." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Nikkel Spelling Variations


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Nikkel Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Nikkel have been found, including Nicholson, Nichaelson, Nichalson, Nicherson and others.

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Nikkel Early History


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Nikkel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nikkel research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1296, 1669, 1688, 1683, 1688, 1655, 1728, 1694, 1698, 1712, 1714, 1720 and 1725 are included under the topic Early Nikkel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nikkel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nikkel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nikkel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nikkel In Ireland


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Nikkel In Ireland



Some of the Nikkel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Nikkel, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Nikkel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Nikkel, aged 7, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • Marie Nikkel, aged 3, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • Sarah Nikkel, aged 4, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876

Nikkel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jacobus Nikkel, aged 56, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Noordam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXXC-Q2P : 6 December 2014), Jacobus Nikkel, 21 Feb 1907; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Noordam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Cornelia Nikkel, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Noordam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXXC-Q2R : 6 December 2014), Cornelia Nikkel, 21 Feb 1907; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Noordam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nikkel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nikkel (post 1700)



  • The Rev. Dr. Marc R. Nikkel (1950-2000), American Episcopal priest, artist, author, teacher and missionary to the Sudan
  • Betty June "B.J." Nikkel, American politician, Member of the Colorado House of Representatives (2009-)
  • Waldemar H. Nikkel, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Macomb County 2nd District, 1954

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per Castra ad astra
Motto Translation: Through the camp to the stars.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXXC-Q2P : 6 December 2014), Jacobus Nikkel, 21 Feb 1907; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Noordam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXXC-Q2R : 6 December 2014), Cornelia Nikkel, 21 Feb 1907; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Noordam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Nikkel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nikkel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 7 December 2016 at 06:59.

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